Don’t Knock a Balanced Lifestyle

In the hard driving world of competition, “balance” sometimes feels like a dirty word.  In reality, it might be one of the keys to high performance.  Do not discount the intensity that ought to be given when the ball is in play (a.k.a. deliberate practice behaviors), but also do not confuse it for lack of balance.  Balance minimizes unhealthy stress and maximizes physical resources.

In sport, this is made most clear when one considers athletic injury.  Injury, especially long-term injury can lead to an incredible sense of loss of control of one’s life… this sense of helplessness is reduced when outside of sport activities (school, charity work, etc) and family/friends hold a prominent place in the athletes life.  Injury is not a complete loss of self, but simply a missing piece that is likely to be recovered in time.  The other pieces provide escape, control, and fulfillment.  This is well highlighted in the recent research of Ruddock-Hudson, O’Halloran, and Murphy on Australian Football League professionals.  The pros are better pros when they are balanced.

For a more in depth discussion on this topic tune into The Sporting Life over the next few days.  Enjoy it all.

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